Filling the well, filling the can

Carrie, due this month, Berkeley, CA, Canon Digital Rebel

One last shot of beautiful Carrie to share…


Things are moving fast around here (a move to Berkeley in a couple of weeks, a REBAR opening at a gallery next Friday night) and I see how challenging it is, in the throes of all this doing, to sit and be with any of it. There is an exhileration to all the doing, an energizing force (Matt and I have been awake at the ungodly hours of 5 and 6am eating cereal) and yet I miss the stopping and watching, the click-clack of my camera shutter on an aimless walk in the neighborhood.

I haven’t taken photos in weeks.

And that’s okay.

I’ve always loved the image of the farmer that has to let the land lie fallow at certain times so that the soil can regenerate. You can’t just keep trying to work the soil, it needs time to become rich and fertile again. I am considering a sabbatical from posting while I move, a time to “fill the well” as Julia Cameron would say, and get inspired again.

If you are in San Francisco, you will find us (Rebar) canning the Southern Exposure art gallery on Friday night, May 19th at 7pm. This is an ambitious and fun project that you can read more about here. Simply said, we will be creating a temporary canning operation that will harvest, process and can the gallery itself. Rebar will remove a section of gallery wall and can it in metal cans on-site during the opening and closing night events.

I will also be having an art sale! Email me if you are interested in buying any of my paintings (the prices will range from $150 and up depending on the size) I can email you a collection of images that are for sale. (Only a few on the site are for sale, but others will be)

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As an artist, photographer, life coach + mentor, I’m redefining what it means to be a SUPERHERO — ‘cause in my world, it’s got nothing to do with capes, spandex or sidekicks and everything to do with tenderness, intuition & baby steps of bravery.



  1. Sarah Pezdek-Smith

    Wow! What an interesting concept. I checked out the desicription of your Rebar project…very cool! I wish I were there to see it! Good luck with your move and exhibition!

  2. Molly Merrick

    This potential sabbatical you speak of makes me sad! I’ll miss you your words and images and wisdom very much.
    I myself packing up and moving from Chicago to Boston to start a new job and return to my roots a bit. I understand that feeling.
    I’ll be thrilled when you return to us! Good luck with everything!

  3. Jenn

    Please email me I so so so want one of your paintings. Those paintings are actually how I found you and I love them so.
    I completly understand the need to not post and just try be in the moments that are happening. So many of us will be sending our love and support to you and Matt as you move. You will be in our prayers.
    I wish REBAR all the luck in the world at their opening. I stand behind these amazing people and their visions so much.
    Much love and support.

  4. nadine

    Knowing there are gems hidden in the archaive, I have wanted to go back to the beginning and read your blog from start to end ever since I came across Superhero Journal. I will use your sabbatical to do just that 🙂 I will get both my Superhero fix, and have some good bedtime reading until you are settled and can catch us up on the adventure.
    Sending you and Matt wishes for a safe and smooth move.

  5. Leonie

    you are totally delightful.
    in whatever you do 🙂

  6. kristine

    I like the image of the farmer allowing the soil a chance to regenerate! Well wishes being sent your way. Have a good week. I hope the move goes smoothly and I know the event at Southern Exposure will be great. Wish I could be there!

  7. phil

    andrea, thank you for your honesty. you express the most genuine faith in human-kind by opening yourself to us. you are beautiful. routing for you from paris.

  8. Shelley Noble

    Encanment is a fantastic idea! Rebar is so artfully clever. Rock on.
    Best of everything for the move. Filler ‘up!

  9. Mia

    Seems like a blogging holiday is a good idea. I know that it can sometimes be exhausting.
    Take it easy. Hope your move goes well.

  10. nina

    Wishing you a sweet sabbatical and a marvelous move. The Rebar project sounds amazing — hope all goes well!

  11. Tiff

    Thanks for reminding us of the beauty in being present.

  12. Donavan

    I’ve taken MANY a blogging sabbatical, sometimes for days, sometimes for months.
    They’ve all been good.
    Fill that well, dear girl.
    We will all be here to share the healing waters with you when you return.

  13. Jennifer

    Yes, I’d miss seeing a new entry every couple of days, but I think it’s wise to take a sabbatical. Just from the standpoint of getting organized and settled into a routine of the new house….
    Congratulations on that, by the way! Always exciting to move into a new home. Are you buying this new place, by the way? Is it the first home you’ve actually bought? Either way it sounds kind of cool. I bet Berkeley’s a wonderful place to live.

  14. Lucille

    Hey Andrea! Someone (Nadine) posted above that she’s going to catch up reading your archives during your sabbatical…boy that sounds like a GREAT idea!!!
    Many of your posts have spoken to me deeply. I will miss reading your blog while you get your house ready. I hope you get to relax a little too 🙂 Moving can drain you, the packing, the unpacking, the cleaning, the settling in… But it’s all NEW, so enjoy that freshness too!
    I’m in awe of the many wonderful people who are so faithful in blogging. I have my own little one and I am so random in my postings… Guess because I spend so much time reading everyone else!!!
    Enjoy the break! Be well!!!

  15. Marilyn

    A, good luck to you and Matt with the move to the East Bay. It’s a city/town that holds some good memories for me…there was a time in my life when I spent a lot of time there. Hope it’s a good move for both of you. P.S. And Glide’s not too far away… 😉

  16. cathy

    Lovely picture of Carrie. And I love the idea of a sabbatical. You’re right; a person can’t always be ‘on’. Sometimes one has to take a break in order to refresh, to learn to see in new ways, to get back the original enjoyment, or to grow in a new direction. Have fun, and good luck!

  17. beeb

    Beautiful photo… I hope one day I look just as happy with a full belly of my own…

  18. Meg

    I’ve been thinking you might be up for a sabbatical sometime soon… makes me sad… but I bet you need it! Just come back when you are ready!
    I’m a bit envious. Berkeley is about my favorite place in the world. Enjoy it. Magic things have been known to happen there! 😉
    Glide is close, but First Baptist Berkeley is also a wonderful wonderful if calmer and smaller place. I grew up around it. It reminds me of Anne Lamott’s church as she describes it in her books. And Moes… and Blondies… and the rose garden and my fav place in the WHOLE world, Brewed Awakenings. AND you’re close to the magic Tilden park carousel. And and and….

  19. karrie

    best wishes for your move! I’mm miss your posts, but will keep in mind that you are repleninshing for bountiful posts to come!

  20. bimacs

    Andrea! I love and miss you. Good luck with your move, and make sure you take plenty of time for you… don’t worry about us 🙂

  21. Leslie

    Good luck with your new ventures….btw, I simply love my mother’s day superhero necklace :>). See you when you’re back.

  22. kaori

    good luck with your move andrea! i will miss your beautiful entries but i very much understand the importance of your need to “fill the well”.
    your necklaces inspire me every day! much love from tokyo xox

  23. Jackie

    I receive a daily newsletter from a group called Each day they have a quote and an article called “Good news of the day” where they highlight a group. Today’s (5/22)group was Rebar and their park project! Don’t know if you know about this or not, but here is the link for todays newsletter. Jackie

  24. Mandy

    A friend sent me to your site amidst her raving and lauding. I explored your archives and I must say that you have a truly wonderful, if not divine, gift for photographing people. You capture the essence of time and place with such aplomb. Those that view your images can recreate the story that you so aptly portray in a split second glimpse. Thank you for sharing these images with us.

  25. susan

    hi- I am happy I found your blog– through musetomuse. I like it. I like it alot.

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